STUDY THE SCRIPTURES
The Bible is God’s instruction book to teach us what is right and wrong, what is good and bad, what is truth and error and what is true and false. We need to follow the instructions that have been given to us in the Word of God. Study the Word of God and you will slowly grow into a happy mature Christian. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (I Peter 2:2).. What is the difference in Christianity and other religions in the world? Christianity recognizes the written Word of God as the only absolute and authority of God. This is what separates Christianity from all other religions. Webster defines “religion” as “The service and worship of God or the supernatural …a set or system of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices. “Religious” means devoted to God or to the powers or principles believed to govern life. “Cult” means formal worship or system of religious rites or those who practice it; devotion to a person, idea or thing” (Webster). Cults will worship man, things or ideas instead of an absolute God. Prove what is right and what is wrong in accordance with the Word of God as the authority.
A “hypocrite” knows he is false but pretends or acts real. A “Pharisee” is a person who thinks he is right but he is wrong. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). You can think you are right but be wrong. Use the Bible to prove what is right or wrong. Can you prove what you believe with Scriptures? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).
THE WORD OF GOD IS FOR…
Doctrine – – – Teaching—–What is Right.
Reproof – – – Teaching—–What is not right.
Correction – Teaching—–How to become right.
Instruction – Teaching—–How to stay right.
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE – As you study, always remember that the Scriptures are the true Word of God (II Timothy 2:15). Let the Word of God prove what is right. Do not listen to opinions of man (II Corinthians 13:1; Isaiah 28:9,10). Search the Scriptures to prove all things (Acts 17:11; John 5:39). Let the Holy Spirit give you correct understanding. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). Put your trust in the everlasting Word of God (Matthew 24:35). The Word of God is the only true absolute, authority and assurance of God. Follow the Bible and you will always be right. As you study the Word of God you will spiritually grow in the Lord.
No one can grow without the Word of God – No one! (I Peter 2:2).
There are Five things to help you know the Bible
- Read the Bible (II Timothy 2:15).
- Memorize the Scriptures (Psalms 119:11).
- Meditate upon what you have read (I Timothy 4:15).
- Understand what you study (Proverbs 1:2).
- Obey and practice what you learn (Philippians 4:9).
WHAT IS THE BIBLE?
The word “Bible” is from a Greek word Biblos, meaning many books in one. It is called the “Holy Bible,” meaning it is from God. If you want to learn about math, study a math book. If you want to learn grammar, study an English book. If you want to know about the past, study a History book, but if you want to know about God you must study only one book, the Bible. It is the true Word of God. God lets man know about Him with the Bible. The Bible is the only way we can know about God, the history of man, the plan of God, and the future into eternity. There is no other book written that explains the facts of beginning and ending-the beginning of man, the fall into sin, the love of God, the plan of God, and the will of God. The Bible is the only book to teach about salvation, Jesus, and peace with God. The Bible is from God to man.
The first book, Genesis, was written by Moses about the events and creation that happened about 4000 BC. Genesis is known as the book of beginnings. This book tells the story of God, creation, heaven, sun, moon, earth, oceans, trees, animals and the beginning of man. If you want to know how things began, read the book of Genesis.
The last book, Revelation, was written by the Apostle John about 95 AD. Revelation is known as the book of endings. This book tells the end of this present world, the devil, the last judgment, and eternity. To know the end of all things, read the book of Revelation.
The Bible Is True -There are no errors or mistakes in the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God and it is true. God cannot lie and He will keep His promises in the Bible (Numbers 23:19). The Bible is true about creation, sin, man, Heaven, Hell and eternity. No one needs to prove the Bible. It will prove itself. It is the only book that has been proven to be true in past history and that will be proven to be true in its prophesies.
The Word of God Is Eternal – The Bible is eternal and will not pass away or be destroyed. Governments have made laws to destroy and burn Bibles. Kings have denied the Bible. Some countries refuse the Bible and will not permit their people to read it. Governments and kings have passed away, but the Bible remains. The Bible is powerful (Hebrews 4:12). Many lives and nations have been changed because of the Bible. The Bible is powerful enough to break a person’s stubborn pride and will. The Word of God remains unchanged. It is still the same today and it will be for all eternity (Matthew 24:35).
Some Things Found Only in the Bible…
Peace with God (Romans 5:1)
Conviction of Sin (Acts 2:14-37)
Faith in God (Romans 10:17)
Cleansing (II Corinthians 7:1)
Comfort and Hope (I Thes. 4:18)
Assurance (I John 5:13)
Truth (Acts 17:11)
Salvation (I Peter 1:23)
The Bible is known also as a…
Sword (Hebrews 4:12)
Hammer (Jeremiah 23:29)
Seed (I Peter 1:23)
Mirror (James 1:23-25)
Lamp (Psalm 119:105)
Fire (Jeremiah : 23-29)
Food – Milk (I Peter 2:2)
The Bible is important. It reveals God to man. Daily study the Bible to spiritually grow into a mature Christian. Only the Word of God can spiritually change lives. The Bible is more than just another book – it is the Word of God. God has written a personal letter to everyone – It is the Bible. If you want to know about God – You must read the Bible.